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Posted in: A basic guide to bike rental apps in Japan See in context

Have the fondest memories of tearing around on these - ! I would just get off the train at different random stations all the time knowing that a Docomo port was never far away !

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Posted in: Japan keeps tourism freeze despite plunge in virus cases See in context

I just can't wait for all those empty ski runs / resorts / onsens etc this winter. Its the third of the price in my country Mmmmmmmmmmm fresh white powder!

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Posted in: Osaka smashes racket in U.S. Open loss; says she is considering taking break from tennis See in context

@timeon And Tsitsipas, who became arguably the most hated player on tour after his toilet break antics, was sensationally beaten by Alcatraz, the 18 year old new star from Spain. Just saw the 5th set, unbelievable fight

It was a good win by the young Spain jin but to be honest your comment above is way off the mark. People do not understand. That is people like you simply do not understand. He did nothing wrong even his previous opponent admitted that. He did nothing outside the rules. If anything it is the RULE itself that is wrong as it does not stipulate a time limit. Only a "suitable " time for. bathroom breaks and so on and so forth. May as well add I am writing this via iphone from the toilet taking a slightly longer than average / usual you know what.

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Posted in: Nadal beats Djokovic to win Italian Open See in context

and why post a photo of ladies loser Pliskova looking extremely dejected ?

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Posted in: Nadal beats Djokovic to win Italian Open See in context

I strongly think 54 revolutions per second is completely inaccurate - full revolutions of a tennis ball in flight per second. ?

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested over fatal hit-and-run of cyclist in tunnel See in context

Anyone know the tunnel between Meguro and Hiro station s - used to blitz that bad boy like an alley cat

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Posted in: University of Tokyo to issue ¥20 bil debt for post-pandemic projects See in context

This is scary such a minimal return on long dated Munis and this case Unis !

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Posted in: Sonny Bill Williams confirms Sydney Roosters return See in context

cant wait to see him back in a CHOOKS shirt

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka using lockdown to conquer inner demons See in context

He is not actually that shy - it's just an act , a different persona she puts on for the media in order to become the darling and consequently one of the most marketable athletes in the world.

smart act, Smart girl

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Posted in: Record 700 kg of cocaine seized at Yokohama Port See in context

Its a bit toppy yeah true

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Posted in: Japan to tighten tax rules on wealthy people See in context

What about gifting money to children in a foreign country ? I know how beneficial this is for wealthier parents to get it out of Japan

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Posted in: S Korean cities suspend exchange programs with Japan See in context

step 1 get a bowl cut

On a serious note..........why can't we all just get a bong ?

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Posted in: Toyota rugby player indicted over cocaine, marijuana possession See in context

anybody know how much snow 5.7 grams is good for out of interest is that a decent few sessions or more ?

From the sounds of it possibly many more. We don't know the details but yeah how would they think to go to his place unless Kabashima said something.

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Posted in: Hokkaido ski resort tackles growing tension between Japanese, foreign residents See in context

Japanese for the most part just want to be segregated from foreigners and do things "their" way. It is just so deeply ingrained in the culture its not even funny. I remember the first week I arrived in 2002 a kid asked me how I got to Japan (made swimming stroke gesture) and he was dead serious. I worked many seasons on a ski resort in Hyogo prefecture teaching skiing to JHS and HS students in mid - late nineties before moving there in 2002. During dinner time / lunch and breakfast for that matter there was always a Japanese table and NZ table which at that time seemed incredibly strange to me before I became much more familiar with the culture.

You often get asked "'when did you come to Japan" "Why did you come to Japan" and invariably "when are you leaving" and it becomes a depressing place to live when you understand just how deeply this is rooted.

Probably a lot of animosity is jealously due to ease of making money in places like Niseko for foreigners. Remember that in Japan you are basically expected to belong to a company unless you are a famous sushi chef or artist/musician of some kind are two exceptions that come to mind. They see the Kiwis and Aussies come in buy a block of their land on sell it for profit within a year and they are just wondering how the hell they can find buyers when in Japan real estate is simply considered a terrible investment. In my opinion it is akin to an "invasion" of sorts and this is indeed how many Japanese refer to this kind of scenario. So there is friction regardless of whether you throw an old ski boot in the burnables or unburnables. Shame, it is what it is.

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Posted in: Japan’s environment ministry has set aside about $18.6 million (¥2 billion) in its fiscal 2019 budget for a public-private consortium that will develop proposals and bid on waste management deals in Southeast Asian nations, most of which face serious pollution challenges. The goal is to win contracts for Japanese companies and some goodwill. See in context

This quote reminds me of the most awesome people I taught english to at NOVA in Ginza. They were some of the smartest, most humble and intelligent people I have ever met. I hope you guys are well !

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Posted in: Japan Post Bank to cap int'l transfers to counter money laundering See in context

Use transferwise, cheaper and you transfer the money to a local account first so no questions. Once I uploaded my ID I did 1 million yen transfer, no questions, done and in the overseas account 2 days later.

Agree absolutely transferwise are great - Avoid XE Money Transfers they will LOSE your money !

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Posted in: Messi is sports world's highest earner: Forbes See in context

I was a very good amateur player. I got nothing but the joy of playing the game. That will do me.

nothing like a bit of own trumpet blowing for the confidence.

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Posted in: Japan's household spending, wage decline cloud economic outlook See in context

You wanna see economic activity you go to the flea market a setagaya park on Sundays - all these department stores I just don't know how they stay in business.

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

Why would he do this? There isnt a lucrative cocaine market in Japan.

How are you so well informed on this ? You need to read up on this topic,

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

I hope he was listening to Buck Cherry "lit up" on his walkman

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Posted in: Eric Talmadge, AP's North Korea bureau chief, dies at 57 See in context

Poor guy RIP - sounds like a life well lived

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Posted in: Reckless bicycle riding endangers lives See in context

The worst thing is the people on the quite zesty docomo cycle share bikes. They are on footpaths in your neighbourhood mostly piloted by reckless gaijin and salarymen who are often off chops having missed the last train.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

I once bought a pair of ski googles from Rondon Sports in Kanda. When I got home and excitedly tried on I noticed the sticker said "asian fit" on the frame. Anyway I took them back a few days later and gave the staff a decent spray for selling them to me in the first place. Sadly they thought this was a great joke and started muttering and chuckling incomprehensively to each other. I have not set foot in that store since and really hope it is not still operating to be honest.

I was also told by an ex g/f many years ago that Japanese guys were a better "fit" for her and it was one of a few reasons for her breaking up with me.

A third example I remember was mistakenly pulling out some Australian banknotes from my wallet to pay at a hostess bar and one of the local patrons noticed me doing so and said "what is that note or is it a napkin ?" to much amusement of his colleagues. I must admit though that I was quite impressed with his wit which is unusual for Japanese.

So yes I strongly believe this kind of predjudice rears its ugly head in many shapes and forms.

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Posted in: Japan household spending rises slightly in December See in context

hat looks like a LONDON SORTS to me - everything there is btween 480jpy nd 980jpy anything more is sugoi takai

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Posted in: Japan prices rose sluggish 0.9% last year See in context

Madden makes quite a good point - there was an article on here about coca cola bottling basically apologising for raising the price on their coke and other drinks for the first time in 27 years -

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Posted in: ‘Jisa Biz’ campaign to ease overcrowding on Tokyo trains starts Monday See in context

May as well contribute-

I agree in the evenings I would ride yamamoto daily from Kanda to Meguro - train was never busy after 7.00pm in that direction - not all trains are like that picture.

I think Solution to this is CYLCLES - even MARIO Carts since they are road legal as well

The last company I worked I would cycle even in summer and I remember shachos look when he saw me from time to time - his face just said we PAY you take the train - therein lies the problem imhao

cycles are everywhere with convenient parking at the stations themselves and distance between stations is hardly far - the issue is Japanese people think cycling especially to the office is "dangerous" - thoughts ?

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Posted in: Y35 mil stolen from Shinjuku office in Tokyo See in context

Some people are saying it was preorganised and possibly even set up in advance

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Posted in: The Joy of Sake festival returns to Tokyo See in context

I also enjoy the niigatta specialities especially Kirin-zan Junmai Daiginjo which I tried once after skiing -

I would love to learn a bit more about the regions specialities by participating in this festival.

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Posted in: Japan accepts 3 refugees in first half of 2017, despite record number of applications See in context

To me this kind of sums up the country. Everything is open to interpretation but common sense tells us why even have a policy if the outcome every year is 3 accepts per 8k or 10k or whatever the number maybe. Hard line stance - hard to figure out what they do or don't want !

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Posted in: Video shows car speeding through Shibuya’s scramble crossing filled with people See in context

police: "where did you get your license ? "

driver: "Grand theft Auto"..............................

sound of screeching tires and janes addiction kicks in

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